Liverpool eased to a 2-0 win over MK Dons in the League Cup third round on Wednesday, with debutant Harvey Elliott among those to impress supporters.
MK Dons 0-2 Liverpool
League Cup Third Round, Stadium MK
September 25, 2019
Goals: Milner 41′, Hoever 69′
The Reds took on their League One opponents at Stadium MK, with Jurgen Klopp making 11 changes to the side that beat Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday.
Liverpool dominated the first half and James Milner‘s goal was the difference at the break, following a terrible mistake by goalkeeper Stuart Moore.
Ki-Jana Hoever doubled his side’s lead with a powerful header on his first-ever senior start, sealing the victory in Milton Keynes.
Here’s how supporters reacted to the result on Facebook, Twitter and This Is Anfield’s forums.
Elliott’s vibrant debut was the talk of social media…
Harvey Elliott > Lionel Messi pic.twitter.com/Mn2ejiOc4X
— Jason Roberts (@Ja5onRoberts) September 25, 2019
“Elliott is special.”
– Darren McClean on Facebook.
Elliott has real quality. To be that confident on the ball at 16, speaks volumes. His awareness, vision and technical ability is really impressive. Serious future ahead of him.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) September 25, 2019
Harvey Elliott. Very good player.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) September 25, 2019
“We have a star in the making in young Harvey Elliott.”
– Neukolln on the forums.
Mad how Harvey Elliott is better than Kenny.
— Ian Ryan (@Ian1892T) September 25, 2019
Naby Keita earned some important game time…
Money in the bank for Keita, that.
— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) September 25, 2019
Disappointed with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita so far tonight, but minutes under their belt the most important thing.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 25, 2019
Good shift from Keita. 60 minutes in him without injury. Showed glimpses too
— Archie (@archieIfc) September 25, 2019
This is Naby Keita's first competitive game since the first leg vs Barcelona & people expect him to be match fit? Are you people stupid? #LFC #CarabaoCup
— Mohlomi (@Moh_Baps) September 25, 2019
Naby Keita and Lallana have been very disappointing… Oxlade has tried and tried but nothing is happening for him.
— KirkbyRedScouser???????????? (@KirkbyScouser) September 25, 2019
Dejan Lovren didn’t exactly impress in defence…
How's Lovren been our worst player in a team of Sixth Formers ?????
— R8 (@Nabyllionaire) September 25, 2019
Lovren is alarmingly bad. How can he be our worst player out of a team of 12 year olds ???
— Chloe ? (@Chloe_H__) September 25, 2019
Lovren is back pic.twitter.com/XG579wGSrp
— Unbearable Steve ???????????? (@FirminosTheGOAT) September 25, 2019
There's a reason they're targeting our left and it's Dejan Lovren.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) September 25, 2019
But Curtis Jones and the other youngsters were also praised, on a positive night for Liverpool…
Harvey Elliot having a really promising match once again, Jones has gone up a few levels too.
Hoever and Brewster will be a bit disappointed with their performance, albeit a great goal by Ki-Jana.
Kelleher with a solid debut. Good night out for the youngsters
— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) September 25, 2019
I enjoyed that. Good minutes in the legs for those who’ve been out injured/on the fringes and the youngsters got a chance to impress and took it. Pretty much all you want from a League Cup game.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) September 25, 2019
Jones, Elliot, Milner & Kelleher our best players on the night imo. Plenty of positives through the team. Especially liked the fluid short pass & move football we played throughout. Well done.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) September 25, 2019
Great Game for all the young players involved tonight for @LFC congrats to Curtis, who’s made a great start to the season in the u23 & u19 fully deserving of MOM tonight ??
— Dominic Matteo (@Dominicmatteo21) September 25, 2019
“Young players can be proud of themselves tonight and the two best young ones we have are on loan at Hertha and Bournemouth. Bright future ahead.”
– John Gardner on Facebook.
“Really impressed with the young’uns today. The kids are doing alright under Jurgen!”
– Maria on the forums.
Great game tonight especially from all the young lads. Some excellent performances from the likes of Elliot, Hoever and Brewster but M.O.M for me was Curtis Jones #LFC ?
— Peter Phillip6 (@PeterPhillips_) September 25, 2019
Curtis Jones awarded Man of the Match by Sky.
Thought James Milner was perhaps the standout but Jones was top class throughout, really grown since his difficult debut at Wolves in January.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) September 25, 2019
Great performances from Elliott, @curtisjr_10, and Kelleher. Positive signs from Brewster. Gomez and Milner class as you'd expect. #MKDLIV
— Paul (Maych) Machin (@ThePaulMachin) September 25, 2019
Kelleher good shot stopper, flustered on crosses, Hoever did well, Brewster quiet but potential was clear, Joned and Elliot excellent. Ox and Keita understandably rusty. All in all, good nights work.
— Ste Davies (@StevenD1977) September 25, 2019